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They are not the tallest mountains in the West, nor probably the prettiest, but for many people living in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington, the Blue Mountains are cherished as a close-to-home escape from the modern world.
Elk hoof disease has made its way to Washington’s Blue Mountains.
HUNTING -- Pre-season scouting has left me with some serious doubts about the prospects for a successful elk hunt. The area I've been hunting in the Blue Mountains has been hit hard by logging in recent years. That was OK for awhile, but in the...
In pitch-black darkness atop a mountain near Walla Walla, Cliff Barackman let loose the biggest howl I’ve ever heard.
Authorities are looking for a Portland man who went missing after running out of gas along Interstate 84 in the Blue Mountains.
WILDLIFE -- Elk hunter on the Washington side of the Blue Mountains have had minor disturbance from wolves in recent years, but a new pair of wolves could increase the pressure on big game. Washington’s wolf population grew by 28 percent last year and added...
They’ve learned to trust no one and no one should trust what they say, either. “One year we had a skinned-out bear hanging on the pole,” Koller said, recounting a legendary Scoggin Hole story. “A guy driving by stopped and asked what it was, one...
Spokane’s movie theater owners held a meeting with city commissioner F.K. McBroom in an attempt to head off a threatened moving picture censorship ordinance.
Cooperation kept mill open, brought new investment, improved forest health.
Elk hunters in southeastern Washington are getting good news. Blue Mountains surveys show the elk population has healthy levels of spikes and mature bulls.
Washington sportsmen should stand their ground against opposition to preserving lands critical to fish and wildlife. A group in Asotin County is complaining that state efforts to expand wildlife areas are hurting local governments financially. A recent story in the Lewiston Tribune sets the tone:
Attracted from across the old clearcut by my hunter-orange clothing, a magpie swoops in and lands a few feet from my leg. It seems to be checking whether this colorful, motionless form sitting on a log might be a gut pile buffet. My dignity erodes as the scavenger requires way too much time to make that determination.
Statistically speaking, elk hunters will have fewer chances to put their sights on a bull in the Blue Mountains this fall. But in some areas, they have new opportunities to bag an elk. The surplus of branch-antlered bulls that gradually built up since Washington adopted spike-only general seasons in 1991 had hunters drooling over the big bulls roaming the Blues that sweep up from Asotin, Garfield, Columbia and Walla Walla counties.